Basseterre, St. Kitts, 7th December, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – Four of the artistes who have been billed to perform at the St. Kitts Music Festival in 2019, were announced this morning (Friday, 7th December, 2018), during a special ceremony held at the Ocean Terrace Inn, in Basseterre.
Organizers said that the names released form part of a comprehensive line-up of performers who will be fully rolled out in coming weeks.
While making the announcement they indicated that once again the pool will cater to the needs of music lovers of all types of genre.
Those announced were R&B sensation, Smokey Robinson, along with Dancehall great Popcaan and the increasingly popular African superstar, Davido, in addition to Hip Hop artiste, French Montana.
It was only six months ago in June this year when the 23rd edition of the festival was completed, but already, some seven months in advance of the next series of concerts in June, 2019, the committee has stepped forward to unveil its first wave of performers.
Festival Chairman, Damion Hobson announced that in 2019 the venue to be used will be the Kim Collins Athletic Stadium in Bird Rock, because the usual host venue, Warner Park, will be preparing to host a major international cricket event shortly after, thus that facility is not available.
“Trust me when I tell you the layout will be awesome. More effort will be made to ensure that no patron is disadvantaged when it comes to their preferred style of viewing the performances. And we intend to be more sensitive about the special needs of those who may be differently abled,” added the chairman.
He also indicated that tickets are already on sale via their online platform at the festival website, (www.stkittsmusicfestival.com). Until 31st January, 2019, tickets will be sold for EC$125 and thereafter for the usual price of EC$135.00.
Hobson also outlined a number of achievements attained by his committee in 2018 and gave the assurance that similar efforts are to be made in 2019.
The chairman revealed that another important and major achievement for 2018 was the Economic Impact Assessment that was done on the festival.
“For this we commissioned a company called CREST, (Center for Responsible Travel). The final report was received in October this year and I am happy to quickly highlight the following:
- Overall spending directly attributable to the 2018 festival activities is estimated at EC $13 million.
- GDP in the economy is estimated to have increased by EC $5.7 million.
- The number of jobs directly related to the festival is estimated at 2,260.
The next and final wave of artistes will be staged before the end of January, 2019.
The confirmed dates for the 24th edition of the festival are 26th – 30th June, 2019.